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March 2018


Chess Club Competition

“This week, we took part in a chess club competition. There were twenty-two participants and we played ‘Scottish chess’ with different points. It was a very fun experience. From Jackdaws class, Dhian, Kaeshikan and Zaid won trophies and Dean and Muhammad won badges. We did excellently and improved a lot!”

Chess club will continue in the Summer Term.

Tamil Club Assembly

As part of our Multilingual Month celebrations, our Tamil club held a wonderful assembly and showcase of their talents to KS1 and parents. They performed beautifully, singing, dancing, reciting prayers and poems. We were very proud of them and thank Mrs Krishna for all of her hard work. Thank you to the parents for their commitment and dedication in coming to see the children perform!

Open Schools Science Workshop 20.3.18

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As part of Redbridge Open Schools week, Mr Cordes delivered a workshop to science leaders from other schools in the local authority on our journey towards Gold Science Mark on 20th March. Schools included Mayespark Primary, Chadwell Primary, South Park Primary, Mossford Green Primary, Oakdale and Churchfields Junior Schools. The session was very well attended and we had great feedback.

"It was incredibly helpful" T.Jaffery, SouthPark

"Very clear presentation on the step by step process" P Mackie, Chadwell

Open Schools Engaging Parents of EAL/SEND Workshop


Mrs Marriott and Mrs Kambo delivered an informative and engaging session to colleagues from a number of schools in Redbridge this month, focusing on the fantastic work we do with parents of our EAL and SEND pupils. It was attended by staff from Fullwood, Loxford, Manford, Grove, Southpark, Barley Lane, Aldersbrook and Aldborough Primary Schools. The feedback was very positive and we enjoyed sharing our good practice!

"I found it extremely useful and was really impressed with the activities done with parents" S Bruno, Aldborough Primary School

Make a Book Parent Workshop

Our Make a Book Parent workshops were extremely succesful this term. Parents of children in Year 2 worked hard with their children to create books together. 

"It was a good opportunity to work with my daughter in school and my daughter was very excited to see me" M Muneer Pipits class
"Really enjoyable, thanks for organising" D Wood, Swallows Class


World Book Day 2018

Despite our original date for the celebration of World book day being postponed due to the snow, the day was a huge success!  During the day children took part in many activities within their classes as well as in our special assemblies.  Our school felt like a truly magical fairy tale setting with characters from traditional tales, poems and modern stories.  We would like to thank all families for the time and effort you put into preparing your children's costumes.  Also, a huge thank you to staff for planning exciting activities for the children before the day itself.  

Ancient Egyptian Workshop

On Tuesday 27th February, Year 3 had a special visit from Egyptologist, Mr Egypt. They had an eye-opening day where they explored real artefacts, learnt  Egyptian maths and wrote words using hieroglyphics. They also became involved in a mummy wrapping contest! Mr Egypt was very impressed with how well the children were engaged thought the day and is looking forward to working alongside Year 4 in April.


Parent Consultation Bookings

Our parent consultations take place on the 22nd of March.  Based on parent feedback and suggestions, we are introducing a new online booking system for this. It is called PEBs and details will be sent via email early next week to explain how the system will work. We are very excited to introduce PEBs!


Groupcall Expressions App

An exciting new service is now available for parents  to ensure communication between Redbridge Primary School and yourselves is easier and more effective.

The app is completely FREE of charge to you and can be downloaded on your mobile phone or tablet. Once installed you are able to view all communications sent via the school.

Please ensure the school obtain your correct mobile number and email address. For more information please see the following website  http://www.parents.groupcall.com

We are looking to  move away from a text-based system to messaging directly via the app, over the coming months.

Key Stage 1 gate


We have increased our security around the school by locking the KS1 entrance gate during the school day. This gate is used for after-school, breakfast club and nursery only, as well as special events. In all other circumstances, the main office entrance should be used. Ringing the bell on the KS1 gate during the day impacts on nursery staff and takes time away from the children.


Teaching and Learning

Each term, our Local Authority Link Advisor visits to focus on an aspect of school life. Last week’s Spring visit focused on Teaching and Learning.
The external advisor spent the morning with the leadership team, observing lessons and speaking to teachers and pupils. It was agreed that our judgement of ‘outstanding’ for teaching and learning is accurate. We were praised for “consistency in organisation across the school, relating to (lesson) planning and implementation.”

Well done to our wonderful teaching staff for their continued hard work and the children for doing so well.

Open Schools Phonics Workshop


On March 14th, Mrs Khaleeq delivered a phonics workshop to teachers from a number of Redbridge schools. Here she explained how we teach phonics at RPS, the system we use and how we ensure that standards are high. Schools included South Park, Grove and Barley Lane Primaries. Thank you to Mrs Khaleeq for her hard work and enthusiasm.

"Fantastic to see how phonics is organised here and great to see all your fabulous reading displays and library areas" A. Hill, South Park Primary 

Open Schools EYFS Mark Workshop

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Our EYFS Mark workshop for EYFS practitioners across the local authority was a huge success. Staff from William Torbitt, Chadwell, Glade, South Park, Churchfields and Aldborough Primary Schools attended. Miss Lawrence did a wonderful job of talking about our EYFS provision and our journey towards the EYFS mark. 

"The meeting was relaxed and friendly. The atmosphere was very encouraging and conducive to asking quetions. Miss Lawrence was welcoming, professional and inspiring" T. Miller, Glade Primary School


International Women’s Day

On Thursday 8th March 2018, Redbridge Primary School celebrated international Women’s day. Classes explored a range of influential female figures and enjoyed singing some special songs in assembly!


Children’s Mental Health Week

Last month we marked Children’s Mental Health Week at Redbridge Primary School and the aim was for children to  understand that there are ways in which we are similar, and ways we are all different to other and that we all have our own unique strengths, skills and qualities that make us special.

It was a fantastic opportunity to discuss this across the school and the children were able to share their feelings and celebrate their personal successes.

“It is important to be kind to everyone we all different but special. I can do things that others can’t but my friend can do things I can’t” Arthiha, Cuckoo


"’m good at handwriting and that is my strength. Not everyone can do it as good as me but I can help my friends by showing them how to do their letters.” –Mohammed, Cuckoo Class.


Year 1 Toy Workshop

On Monday and Tuesday Year 1 pupils were able to participate in a toy workshop run by Don and Catherine. 

They had a fantastic time using different tools such as hand drills and hammers to make their toys.  


Year 3 Rocks and Soils

On Friday 23rd February, Year 3 were visited by Mr and Mrs Marriot. He showed them his extensive rocks and fossils collection, ranging from moonstone, woolly mammoth’s hair, a sharks tooth and even coprolite (dinosaur poo!) Children worked in pairs to create their own soil and are currently growing cress seeds in the classrooms.


Netball and Basketball Teams

Well done to our school netball team for a 5 – 2 win against Avon House. The girls played some great attacking netball which they converted into goals. Our defence also worked really hard, preventing the opposition from scoring. Miss Cornwall and Miss Cooper are extremely proud of the progress the girls are making at training. Our next match is Tuesday 20th March at Redbridge Sports Centre.


Miss Cornwall and Miss Cooper also took two basketball teams to Mayfield High School to play against other primary schools in the borough. The teams were a mix of boys and girls from year 5/6. They played with great determination and team spirit. Each team played several matches throughout the day. Finishing in 5th and 6th place was a brilliant result. Well done everyone.


School Choir News

Linda Cartwright from the Redbridge Music School came to our school to prepare the choir for the big event at the Royal Albert Hall 13th March 2018. We worked on singing louder and quieter whilst reading music. Linda also helped with our breathing especially on the long notes. We are looking forward to attending the Royal Albert Hall next week and singing with the other Redbridge schools at the Redbridge Music Festival

Year 6 Crime and Punishment Visit

"As soon as we reached St Pauls, we met our tour guide and he started our walking tour. He showed us around parts of London and told us very interesting facts about the types of punishments they would serve, in the early 1600s, and the type of crimes people would commit. He also showed us different places that different events would take place such as execution and hanging. I really enjoyed the trip and have learned many new facts about crime and punishment.”

by Mariam Shaida, y6


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